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Sea Turtle Talk and Walk Registration @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:00am EDT to Friday, July 24, 2015 - 5:00pm EDT

$10 per person

More Information:

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Sea turtles are returning to nest and we are hoping for another record breaking season!  Last year between March and November we had a total of 1866 nests.  Participants for the sea turtle walks and talks must register for this program by going to the Friends of MacArthur Beach website,  the price is $10 per ticket and they are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by park staff.  Registration launches on May 26 at 9:00 a.m. and fills up quickly.  Walk schedule starts on June 1 and runs through July 24.  The walks are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, except for June 26 and July 3.

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Summer Youth Camps @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Monday, June 1, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, August 2, 2015 (All day)

Registration and fee information is available at the FFGC's Wekiwa Youth Camp's webpage.

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Wekiva Youth Camp is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th graders, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC) with the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the "Real" Florida in our youth, as well as a knowledge of nature, the importance of conservation and the protection of our environment.



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Wekiva Youth Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Sea Turtle Walks @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 9:00pm EDT to Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:15am EDT

Free.  Donations are welcomed.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Learn about Florida's endangered sea turtles and then take a nighttime walk on the beach to witness a mother loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs in the warm beach sands of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Additional Information:

A maximum of 6 reservations can be made per family.  There are no group reservations.  The program beach is an isolated area; once the beachwalk portion begins, individuals within the group are committed to stay together until the end of the program.

NO flash photography, flashlights or cell phone lights are allowed on the beach.  There are no water or restroom facilities once on the beach.

Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.  Bring insect repellent.  Wear dark-colored long pants and long sleeves if you are not tolerant of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.

This program may require an up-to three-mile walk on the beach.

Sebastian Inlet State Park will start taking sea turtle walk reservations on May 15, at 10:30 a.m. for June’s Turtle Walk programs.  Sebastian Inlet State Park will start taking sea turtle walk reservations on June 15, at 10:30 a.m. for July’s Turtle Walk programs.  The tours have limited space available.  Reservations can be made between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Participants with reservations will meet on their scheduled night at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum, 14251 North Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963.  The program starts promptly at 9 pm.

Participation Requirements

Paddleboard Yoga Classes at Bahia Honda @ Bahia Honda State Park

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 8:00am to 10:00am EDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

Drop in: $50/ person, first-time rate $35 (25% off)

Campers: $35

Multi-class packages are available

More Information:
Sarah Sullivan, 305-432-14

Located in the Southeast region at:
Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

We're very excited to announce a new partnership with Sarah Sullivan, owner and operator of Serenity Eco Therapy. Never been on a paddleboard before? It’s ok! Sarah makes learning fun & easy so that everyone feels comfortable on their stand up paddleboard (SUP) before leaving the shore. She caters to the special needs of families and disabled individuals. Please visit Serenity Eco Therapy’s website or call Sarah at (305) 432-1401 for more information.

Program location and time is subject to change based on weather conditions. Please contact the Sarah (305-432-1401) for program time, location and to reserve your board. 

Additional Information:

Paddleboard Requirements

Guided Paddle (or Walk) @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 10:30am EDT

Canoe/kayak rentals apply to both day-use visitors and campers at $10.00 plus tax per hour.

Folks are welcome to bring their own paddling gear instead of renting.

Program is free with paid park entrance for those providing their own paddling equipment.

If the program features a walk instead of a paddle, program is free with paid park entrance.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

(Must arrive at 8:30am)

Learn about the life in South Creek or take a leisurely stroll through one or more of the park’s seven natural communities. South Creek is a tidal water therefore the water may sometimes be too shallow for a paddle; a guided walk will be an alternate option.  Either way, be prepared to explore a slice of the “Real Florida”.  Bring your camera and binoculars for wildlife viewing.  Registration is between 8am and 8:45am at the Ranger Station on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the paddle.


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Participation Requirements

Pets are not permitted on the paddle trip.